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Giant Force

LP (Item 21019) Fania, 1980 — Condition: Near Mint-

Ray Barretto lost his shirt somewhere on the way to the photo session for the cover of this one – but the record's got more than enough grooves to cover his back – an all-great batch of 70s salsa tunes that show that Ray was still cooking strongly into the next decade! The group have a really full, rich sound here – a bold approach that features four trumpets and two trombones – all held together by really tight rhythms from Ray and the rest of the combo. Vocals are by Ray De La Paz and Eddie Temporal – and the sound is a lot more traditional than the late 70s sessions that Ray was doing for bigger labels – all acoustic, and pure salsa throughout. Titles include "Tu Propio Dolor", "Pura Novela", "Fuerza Gigante", "Guarapo Y Mecocha", and "Arallue".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.



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